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El Carner 2019 — Grenache Gris & Macabeu


A Wine That

means ‘ram’ in the traditional Catalan language. It’s a wine for the adventurous - for the dreamers and the darers. With a wild soul of mountain herbs, orange rind and earth, one sip of this will transport you to a place in which wild rams roam and rare indigenous flowers bloom.

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  • Winemaker: Matassa
El Carner 2019 — Grenache Gris & Macabeu Wine LITTLEWINE















Grenache Gris

Where and How?

This is a blend of Grenache Gris and Macabeu from a 0.5-hectare parcel of vines planted on a soil of lime, clay, and slate, surrounded by garrigue (wild herbs such as thyme and lavender).

The whole bunches were macerated together in a 1000-litre amphora, where fermentation occurred naturally. It was aged for a further eight months in the same amphora, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. 

The Winemaker

… Boy meets girl in vineyard. Boy falls in love with girl as they catch one another’s gaze across the fermenting barrels. Sounds like a romance novel, right? Right. In reality, it wasn’t quite like that. Rather, the girl in question — Natalie, the daughter of Gérard Gauby whose domaine Tom was working at — impressed Tom by eating an eyeball right out of a sheep’s head (a South African tradition). Tom was smitten; it was the beginning of a beautiful Roussillon romance. Twenty years later, they have two children, a farm and a business together.⁣

Tom reminisces on his early days making wine in South Africa, saying,⁣

“I was able to get my first two vintages past the tasting regulation panels, so they could get sold. I guess nobody really took notice, they just thought it was some weird bulls*&t that would go away.” ⁣

Those couple of barrels of weird bulls*&t would actually end up kickstarting an entire movement—not just in South Africa, but across Europe—from Beziers to Vienna.⁣

So, it wasn’t some weird bulls*&t, and it didn't go away. Rather it’s about a simple and pure concept: organic farming, and fermented grape juice—without the bulls*&t.⁣

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